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So now that we’re here, can we talk about how weird is it that we signed Leon both to replace Beckie’s minutes and ostensibly to help her get fit for the WC and then played her a grand total of 81 NWSL minutes over 5 games?

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I feel like the FO fell asleep on the NTRP signings. Seems like a trend. What does LeBlanc do all day?

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Jun 28, 2023·edited Jun 28, 2023

If the FO can't get any NTRP's over the line until after our Sat game (which I think is ridic considering our 3 game week, but...), I can see this game being pretty rough. Norris will really have to scrape the bottom of the barrel and use the deep bench so that our regular league game starters are as fresh as they can be for Saturday. Saturday, we play KC, who only lost Debinha...their starting XI will be largely unchanged, and they don't have a midweek game.

I'm guessing our midfield will be Porter/Coffey/Moultrie for full 90's both games(?- ouch!) because we have no other midfielders....but I imagine we're gonna see a rotated backline, so some can rest for Sat. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Kling in midfield....I think we've seen it during int'l breaks in the past. Reyna Reyes' mom is in Portland (I've seen it on twitter), so I imagine she will be starting tonight, maybe in midfield or at RB to give Kuikka a rest. I imagine we see both Nally and Provenzano for big minutes tonight, as well as our deep bench forwards. I think it could be good to try a 4231, with Porter and Coffey in def midfield, and then Moultrie as the 10. Vasconcelos will probably start at RW. Prob D'Aquila as the 9, but splitting time with Betfort because she'll be needed again very soon? Not sure anyone else can play LW aside from Weaver, but that's brutal for her to play 2 90's so close together...We really just have a lack of bodies so players are gonna have to grind and hope to not get hurt tonight and Sat.

It's interesting you have Beckman in as a RB, when imo she's very much only a RW/forward. Rhian tried a wingback in her 352 system and it didn't work well, particularly the defensive duties required. She tried her, I think only once, at fullback and then never again. It didn't work well- she has no defensive skills and it showed unfortunately. In fact, Beckman hasn't even been on the subs list for any games this season. I can't even remember if we saw her in preseason. Not sure what her status is...??

Looking at OLR, I just think they have better overall depth than we do. They also have an extra 5 NTRP's, which brings their field player count to 21 (our is 16.) 3 of those have been practicing with the team all season. I think their defensive depth is better. Their forward depth is quite a bit better. If Fishlock is still OUT, I give our midfield the edge. A combined Balcer, Bennett, King, and Latsko is a much better F line, to me, than Weaver, D'Aquila, Vasconcelos, and Betfort. Our attack has been what has kept us getting points because our defense has been rough, and most of our attack just left the building, so...Big big night for Weaver in particular, to get the goals we need.

Unfortunately think we come away with an L tonight. I think the lineup will be wacky because we're lacking bodies. What's everyone else think?

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Jun 29, 2023·edited Jun 29, 2023

I really have no idea how to judge what the starting XI's will be for either team considering we both have games this weekend. If I were coach, I'd write out the starting XI and subs for the Saturday game vs. KC and then work backwards from there to write the lineup for tonight. All the deep depth tonight interspersed with Sat starters who'll switch off for each half...except midfield. Go junior Thornies!

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Jun 28, 2023·edited Jun 28, 2023

https://twitter.com/TreyFillmore/status/1674169562890133509?s=20

Another fun graphic representation of Soph's G+ dominance

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Lets hope this lineup is close to what we will see tonight. Good rotation, with Kuikka and Weaver getting a bit of a break before the league games. While I hope the Thorns win and are in a position to advance in the CC, I just don't see it as important to this season. It will be interesting to see who steps up while the international players are away, because now depth takes center stage.

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Is Bixby the projected starter because it's a return to her starting? Or is she the projected starter because more of the backups are expected to see time tonight?

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OT: It's gettin' drafty!

BFD FC will have the 1st pick in the expansion draft and distribution order.

MagicJackMormons will have the 1st pick in the college draft and discovery.

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